Mike was a wonderful human. He was a loving and devoted father, son, family member, and friend, fierce in his commitment to be there and do what he could for those around him. He was the living personification of laughter and kindness, and all who knew him walked away from their conversation with Mike wearing a smile on their face.
When Mike was interested in something, it became a passion. He loved the Philadelphia Eagles, music (so many genres, from Wu-Tang to 80s pop ballads), and dancing like nobody was watching. He was the biggest nerd, totally unapologetic in his love for video games, superheroes, comic books and terrible movies.. the kind that weren’t supposed to make you laugh, but did. He worked hard, loved skateboarding, podcasts, and trivia, and could proudly spout off the most obscure tidbits of information to anyone on any topic. But above all, Mike loved being a dad. He would watch on in awe of his little girl every day, and Evie saw her daddy as her own personal superhero.
Mike struggled with addiction for a large part of his life, but he fought tooth and nail to overcome it. As his family, we hope that these donations made in Mike’s name can help other people and their families through their struggle with this debilitating disease, and help to end the stigmas that continue to surround it.
He wouldn’t want us to be sad. He hated seeing people sad. He’d want us to remember all the times he made us laugh, and that special way he had of making everyone feel like they mattered. So for Mike, we hope that everyone he knew can remember. Share your stories of happiness and laughter with everyone who knew and loved him. Because Mike was a belly laugh on legs, the warm hug you didn’t even know you needed. And when the sun is shining, and the birds are singing, and you can’t help but smile, that’s Mike reminding you how much he loved each and every one of us.
Mike was and always will be our favorite Superhero.